Welcome to the Chaplaincy


Click here for the main Chaplaincy website.

Chaplaincy services for the University of Leeds are located in the Emmanuel Centre, next to the Parkinson Building. The Chaplaincy is here for staff and students.

Chaplains are available for drop-in visits and for appointments, and we have a 24/7 emergency phone service.

Use the Chaplaincy:

  • Whether you have a faith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim etc.) or have no religious beliefs.
  • When you need someone independent and confidential to talk to.
  • If you’re finding life difficult or you have a tricky decision to make.
  • If you have lost someone close to you.
  • If want to explore spirituality.

We will not try to make you religious, we are here to help you in any way that we can.

The Common Room is a great place to make yourself a hot drink and relax or you can go to the Claire Chapel for some quiet time.

Chaplaincy Office: 343 5071, chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk

Lead Chaplain – Rev. Anthea Colledge

Anthea Colledge

Hi, I’m the Anglican (Church of England) chaplain (pronouns she/her).

I’ve lived in Leeds for the last 8 years, first working as a parish priest in West Leeds and then commuting to the University of Sheffield to be a chaplain there. Sheffield is great, but I’m very pleased to have a shorter commute these days! Before that I worked in mental health and learning disability projects for the NHS and Local Authorities in London. I’ve been adopted by Yorkshire, but I come originally from London.

As a chaplain my natural habitat is the coffee shop, so I’m always happy to go for a coffee and chat about life, the universe and everything. I can probably chat most intelligently about Christian spirituality, mental health and wellbeing, faith-related equalities and inclusion, interfaith learning, or my very badly behaved dog Taffy, but I’m up for trying any topic once!

Alongside working as a chaplain I’m also a part-time PhD student at the University of Leeds so I get to see the University from different angles and understand some of the pressures (and joys) of postgraduate life from the inside.

Emmanuel Centre G.03

0113 34 35070


You can choose to see Anthea or one of our other chaplains, or ask to be referred to an advisor of another faith. Call the main office on 0113 343 5071 to check availability or just call by.

Muslim Student Advisor – Farhat Yaqoob

Unity LogoFarhat Yaqoob joined the university in 2014. She works full-time and is very much in demand, as much for her general brilliance in caring for people as for her expertise in the practice of the Islamic faith. Her office is in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling on 07713 707 857 or email f.yaqoob@leeds.ac.uk.

Farhat is also the instigator of the many Unity activities that you will see around campus. Her aim is to unite people around our similarities regardless of our home cultures, religions and interests. She makes a big impact on the life of the university and is happy to counsel anyone, staff or student, Muslim, any faith or no faith.

Jewish Chaplain – Rabbi Yochanan Pereira

You can learn more about Jewish Chaplaincy at the national University Jewish Chaplaincy website as well as Jewish chaplaincy in the Leeds and Yorkshire areas.

Contact Yochanan directly: yochanan@mychaplaincy.co.uk.

Other sources of help and support

Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-advisory telephone listening and information service run for students by trained student volunteers. Phone lines are open 8pm until 8am, every night of term time, including weekends.

Please call 01133801285 if you wish to speak to Nightline between 8pm-8am during term time.

Click for the University’s webpage showing the full range of Support and Wellbeing Services available.

Click to find out what support is available from Student Counselling and Wellbeing

LUU’s Student Advice Centre provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and wellbeing, including handling online bullying.